The UNWE and Elsevier Plan Future Collaboration

Thursday, 24 August 2023 14:35

Representatives of the prestigious publishing house Elsevier paid a working visit to the UNWE to discuss the opportunities of a more active future cooperation with our university. Among the guests were Said Taha - Senior Vice President, Vladimir Danailov - Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Sergey Varnavskiy - Sales Manager and Ahmed Helmi - Regional Sales Director.

On behalf of the Rector Prof. Dimitar Dimitrov the representatives of Elseveir were welcomed by Assoc. Prof. Michail Musov - Vice Rector for Research and International Affairs. He presented our university, the UNWE journals, including Economic Alternatives which is indexed in Scopus - the database owned by Elsevier, as well as the strategic directions of development of research and innovation at UNWE. The discussions were focused on the opportunities of increasing the visibility of the scientific production of UNWE, including: indexing in Scopus of the UNWE scientific journals published in English; indexing in Scopus of the collective monographs and proceedings of international conferences organized by our university; conducting training by Elsevier for authors and editors-in-chief, etc.

During the conversations Assoc. Prof. Musov also highlighted the problem related to the necessity to use different indicators for the evaluation of scientific results in the social sciences and humanities compared to those in other research areas, in order to ensure the fairness of the evaluation, especially when it is used as a criterion for funding universities. The necessity of an application that would allow integrated reporting of universities' publication activity in the two global databases, Scopus and Web of Science, by automatically detecting publications that are simultaneously indexed in both databases, was also discussed. Other topics of conversation included: the open science; the drafting of a new European Charter for Researchers; the balance between the qualitative assessment of research results and the responsible use of quantitative indicators; ways to measure the impact of research on societal development, etc.

Ahmed Helmi, Vladimir Danailov, Assoc. Prof. Michail Musov, Said Taha and Sergey Varnavskiy /from the left to the right/

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